Thinking about the Poem
Q.1. ‘A slumber did my spirit seal,’ says the poet. That is, a deep sleep “closed off” his soul (or mind). How does the poet react to his loved one’s death? Does he feel bitter grief? Or does he feel a great peace?
Ans. The death of his loved one has given him a great shock. It has made his soul a root. He is in a great grief. But he also feels relieved. It is so because this child has now become a part and parcel of nature and moves in the cosmos
Q.2. ‘The passing of time will no longer affect her’, says the poet. ‘Which lines of the poem say this?
Ans. The lines which tell about this are—`She seemed a thing that could not feel the touch of earthy years.’
Q.3. How does the poet imagine her to he, after death? Does he think of her as a person living in a very happy state (a `heaven’).? Or does he see her now as a part of Nature? In which lines of the poem do you find your answer?
Ans. The poet imagines that the child has become now a part of nature. She moves around in this cosmos. The following lines tell us about this
‘She neither hears nor sees
Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course
With rocks and stones and trees’.